Listen up wayward Catholics, particularly rebellious American Catholics, to the Holy Father offering another affirmation of the two millenia old Christian teaching condemning the use of contraception (once called the sin of Onan, or Onanism, after its basis in Genesis 38). See here for the full story. American Catholics should start taking their cue and approach to life by looking at Christ and the teachings of His Church, instead of acting like a bunch of loudmouth rebellious Protestants.
"The teaching laid out in the 'Humanae vitae' encyclical isn't easy," Benedict said.
"What was true yesterday remains true even today. The truth expressed in 'Humanae vitae' doesn't change; on the contrary, in the light of new scientific discoveries, it is ever more up to date," the pope added.
"No mechanical technique can substitute the act of love that two married people exchange as a sign of a greater mystery," Benedict said.
Benedict expressed concern that human life risks losing its value in today's culture and worried that sex could "transform itself into a drug" that one partner had to have even against the will of the other.
"What must be defended is not only the true concept of life but above all the dignity of the very person," the pope added.